- Jessica Murri
- Comba Park
It was a bit like Christmas in April on Friday for more than a dozen Boise neighborhoods.
Boise officials doled out nearly a half-million dollars in neighborhood reinvestment grants to create gardens, bike stations and historical exhibits, and improve dog parks, playgrounds and trail heads.
"Working with neighbors to understand what they need to create a more vibrant neighborhood is what Energize Our Neighborhoods is all about," Boise Mayor Dave Bieter told a group at Comba Park on Friday, touting his administration's neighborhood-driven initiative. "There's no better example of that than right here in the West Valley Neighborhood."
Comba Park (2995 N. Five Mile Road) opened in 2014 and is where the city funded a community garden and new classrooms for the Boise Urban Garden School, and installed new playground equipment.
On Friday, the city announced the approval of 20 capital project grants worth $446,810 and another 26 mini-grants worth $40,733, all of them geared to improve neighborhoods across the city, including:
- Dog park amenities ($49,307) for the Morris Hill and Depot Bench neighborhoods
- Playground equipment at Washington Elementary ($52,000) in the North End neighborhood
- Native plant learning center at Hawthorne Elementary ($30,000) in the Vista neighborhood
- Improved trailhead access ($11,00) in the Highlands neighborhood
- Boise Green Bike station in Hyde Park ($5,000) in the North End neighborhood
Click the pdf below to see the full list of Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants 2016.